Alford family organises walk to raise diabetes awareness

Left to right: Chloe Owens, 13, Louise Fox Chloe and Lauren's mum, and Lauren Fox, eight. (Photo supplied).
Left to right: Chloe Owens, 13, Louise Fox Chloe and Lauren's mum, and Lauren Fox, eight. (Photo supplied).
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A LOVING mother from Alford is leading a group of family and friends on walk to help cure diabetes after her daughter was diagnosed with the condition earlier this year.

Louise Fox, has organised the Walk to Cure Diabetes on Saturday October 15 and everyone will set off at 10am from Alford Market place and journey to Chapel St Leonards village green.

All the money raised will go towards the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) to raise awareness of type one diabetes and support research into the condition.

The walk will take a nine mile walk through the beautiful surroundings of Alford to Chapel St Leonards. All local families are invited to take part and the route is suitable for prams.

Louise said: “It’s absolutely vital that sufficient funds are invested to research possible cures for type one diabetes because the condition has such a profound effect on many young people and their families. The walk is a great opportunity both to raise funds and demonstrate how important this is to so many people.”

Type one diabetes is an autoimmune condition that causes the body’s own immune system to turn on itself and attack cells in the pancreas which produce insulin. The condition affects about 350,000 adults in the UK, including over 25,000 children and requires multiple daily insulin injections and finger prick blood tests to manage.

Louise added of finding out about her daughters condition: “We were struck a massive blow when Chloe was diagnosed and we can not let it beat us, we all hope for a cure in the future and every penny raised will go towards this. I’d like to take the chance to say thank you to all who have been involved.”

A spokesperson for JDRF said: “We are delighted that Louise and her family have decided to organise a walk. It is set to be a fantastic event and I want to encourage local people to get involved.”